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Paul E. Jensen, PhD, Begins Service as Interim Provost and University Professor

November 1, 2019

Paul E. Jensen, PhD, Begins Service as Interim Provost and University Professor

Below is a message from President John Fry: 

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Paul E. Jensen will begin his service today as interim provost and University Professor.   

Currently, the R. John Chapel, Jr., Dean at the LeBow College of Business — a post he has held since April, 2018 — Dr. Jensen brings a wealth of experience to his new leadership position. Prior to Dr. Jensen’s appointment as dean following a national search, he served as interim dean at LeBow, and has had a broad impact on academic programs in leading two other academic units at the University.

At the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Dr. Jensen led the creation of Drexel’s First-Year Exploratory Studies Program, which provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that serves as the first-year program of study for multiple colleges.  While serving as interim director of the Center for Hospitality and Sports Management, Dr. Jensen led the restructuring of the Center, merging components of the Center with the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the LeBow College of Business to better support students and faculty associated with these academic units.

As dean at LeBow, Dr. Jensen launched the Drexel Business Solutions Institute, which is a University initiative that supports interdisciplinary research and experiential learning opportunities for numerous colleges and schools.  The Institute is playing a key role in expanding and managing the University’s industry partnerships to benefit faculty and students. Dr. Jensen also developed a new strategic plan for the College and led two of LeBow’s most successful fundraising years. Dr. Jensen’s appointments reflect his significant contributions to the University across several schools and colleges as an administrator and as a member of the faculty.

Joining the Drexel economics faculty in 1997, Dr. Jensen’s research has been in the areas of international trade and industrial organization, with a specific focus on the determinants of bilateral trade patterns and the welfare implications of various trade and industrial policies.  He has been recognized for his teaching with awards from both Drexel and Pennsylvania State University. 

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Jensen worked as an engineer in the power generation division of General Electric. He received undergraduate degrees in economics and mechanical engineering from Syracuse University, and holds a doctorate in economics from Pennsylvania State University. 

Dr. Jensen has made many significant contributions to the University and I look forward to working with him as interim provost. Please join me in congratulating Paul on his new appointments.